Definition of Mecoptera
1. Noun. An order of carnivorous insects usually having long membranous wings and long beaklike heads with chewing mouths at the tip.
Generic synonyms: Animal Order
Group relationships: Class Hexapoda, Class Insecta, Hexapoda, Insecta
Member holonyms: Mecopteran, Family Panorpidae, Panorpidae, Bittacidae, Family Bittacidae
Derivative terms: Mecopterous
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mecoptera
Literary usage of Mecoptera
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Insect Book: A Popular Account of the Bees, Wasps, Ants, Grasshoppers by Leland Ossian Howard (1905)
"... THE SCORPION FLIES (Order mecoptera.) The curious insects of this order are ordinarily called scorpion flies, although this term applies strictly only ..."
2. Field Book of Insects: With Special Reference to Those of Northeastern by Frank Eugene Lutz (1918)
"mecoptera Adult males of the genus Panorpa (see Plate XV) have a pair of claspers at the end of their abdomen by means cf which they hold the females while ..."
3. Applied Entomology; an Introductory Text-book of Insects in Their Relations by Henry Torsey Fernald (1921)
"CHAPTER XXX THE mecoptera The mecoptera is a small order of insects, ... mecoptera occur in nearly all parts of the world but nowhere appear to be very ..."
4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"The mecoptera branched from the same stem with the Trichoptera with similar worm ... In the adult mecoptera, instead of a loss of mouth parts, which was the ..."
5. Entomological News and Proceedings of the Entomological Section of the by Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Entomological Section (1916)
"... are to be regarded as a distinct order (the mecoptera of authors), ... until more is known of the other representatives of the mecoptera. ..."
6. Insecta. by Alpheus Hyatt, Jennie Maria Arms Sheldon (1890)
"... of similarly developed wings, which are long, narrow, and with few cross-veins. These characteristics have given the name mecoptera, from the Greek ..."
7. College zoology by Robert William Hegner (1918)
"Order mecoptera. Scorpion fly, Panorpa communis, male. ... mecoptera. — SCORPION FLIES AND OTHERS (Fig. 281).—Insects possessing four membranous wings with ..."